Saturday marked an important day for South Carolina students as Governor Henry McMaster signed H. 3969 into law. The new law creates a strong new public education accountability system, and it instructs both the SC Department of Education and the Education Oversight Committee on how to create and maintain new school focused report cards. According to Bradford Swann, executive director of SouthCarolinaCAN, a non-profit education advocacy group:

“This bill will make South Carolina more effective and transparent in evaluating how well public schools educate our students. This is a win for students, parents and taxpayers. The new legislation also reduces standardized student testing while recognizing that any effective accountability system must measure how well students progress throughout the school year and how well they measure up to national proficiency standards. Both metrics are critical.”

Bradford is SouthCarolinaCAN’s Executive Director. He lives in Greenville with his wife, Ashley, and their two young children, William and Charlotte. He’s bad at spelling, which is why he loves Mark Twain’s quote, “Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.”


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